Schaff’s senior english book review project



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SCHAFF’S SENIOR ENGLISH BOOK REVIEW PROJECT
Each quarter of this senior year you will be selecting a book from this list of contemporary novels and preparing an oral book review. You may elect to purchase a copy of your own or check out a copy from the classroom or any library. DO NOT PROCRASTINATE!
As you read your chosen novel, take some notes to help prepare your book talk. You should be familiar with the plot, major characters, theme, symbols, and author’s tone. Further, be prepared to discuss your reaction to the work. Did you enjoy the novel? Would you recommend it? Why or why not?
Finally, you will need to make an appointment with me for your book review and discussion. Allow about fifteen minutes for our appointment.
DUE DATES: 1ST QUARTER _______X_______
2ND QUARTER _______________
3RD QUARTER _______________
4TH QUARTER _______________
BOOK CHOICES:
ALBOM, MITCH: FOR ONE MORE DAY

THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN

TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE
ALEXIE, SHERMAN: THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME

INDIAN
AMBROSE, STEPHEN: BAND OF BROTHERS
ANGELOU, MAYA: A SONG FLUNG UP TO HEAVEN
ARMSTRONG, LANCE: IT’S NOT ABOUT THE BIKE: MY JOURNEY BACK TO

LIFE (7 time winner of the Tour de France, cancer survivor)
EVERY SECOND COUNTS (2003)


ATWOOD, MARGARET: ALIAS GRACE

THE BLIND ASSASSIN

THE ROBBER BRIDE
BANKS, MELISSA: THE GIRLS’ GUIDE TO HUNTING AND FISHING

THE WONDER SPOT
BEAH, ISHMAEL: A LONG WAY GONE: MEMOIRS OF A BOY SOLDIER
BEHRENDT, GREG: HE’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU
BOLT, USAIN: FASTER THAN LIGHTNING: MY AUTOBIOGRAPHY
BRAGG, RICK: ALL OVER BUT THE SHOUTIN’

AVA’S MAN
BROKAW, TOM: THE GREATEST GENERATION
BROWN, DAN: THE DA VINCI CODE
BURRELL, PAUL: A ROYAL DUTY
CEZAIR-THOMPSON, MARGARET: THE TRUE HISTORY OR PARADISE

THE PIRATE’S DAUGHTER (Jamaican)
CHEVALIER, TRACY: GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING

CISNEROS, SANDRA: CARAMELO



CLEAVE, CHRIS: LITTLE BEE

INCENDIARY

COETZEE, J.M.: DISGRACE
CONROY, PAT: THE LORDS OF DISCIPLINE THE PRINCE OF TIDES

THE GREAT SANTINI

MY LOSING SEASON
COUCH, DICK: THE WARRIOR ELITE: THE FORGING OF SEAL CLASS 228
CROSS, CHARLES: HEAVIER THAN HEAVEN (biography of Kurt Cobain)
DEKKER, TED: BONEMAN’S DAUGHTERS (hunt for a serial killer of young

women)
DE ROSNAY, TATIANA: SARAH’S KEY
DIAMANT, ANITA: THE RED TENT
DIDION, JOAN: THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING
DINESEN, ISAK: OUT OF AFRICA
DORRIS, MICHAEL: YELLOW RAFT IN BLUE WATER

CLOUD CHAMBER
DUBUS III, ANDRE: THE HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG
DUGARD, JAYCEE: A STOLEN LIFE
DUNGY, TONY: QUIET STRENGTH (won the Super Bowl as both a player and a

head coach)
EDWARDS, KIM: THE MEMORY KEEPER’S DAUGHTER
FEY, TINA: BOSSYPANTS (humorous autobiography)
FITCH, JANET: WHITE OLEANDER
FOSTER, THOMAS C.: HOW TO READ LITERATURE LIKE A PROFESSOR
FOWLER, KAREN JOY: THE JANE AUSTEN BOOK CLUB
FOX, MICHAEL J.: LUCKY MAN (A MEMOIR)
FRAZIER, CHARLES: COLD MOUNTAIN
FREY, JAMES: BRIGHT, SHINY MORNING

A MILLION LITTLE PIECES

MY FRIEND LEONARD
GAINES, ERNEST: A LESSON BEFORE DYING
GIFFIN, EMILY: LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH

SOMETHING BORROWED

SOMETHING BLUE
GILBERT, ELIZABETH: EAT, PRAY, LOVE
GOLDEN, ARTHUR S.: MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA
GOODALL, JANE: A REASON FOR HOPE
GRISHAM, JOHN: BLEACHERS
GROGAN, JOHN. MARLEY AND ME: LIFE AND LOVE WITH THE WORLD’S

WORST DOG)

HADDON, MARK: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-

TIME

A SPOT OF BOTHER
HALBERSTAM, DAVID: FIREHOUSE

THE TEAMMATES
HAMILTON, JANE: A MAP OF THE WORLD

THE BOOK OF RUTH

DISOBEDIENCE

THE SHORT HISTORY OF A PRINCE
HANCOCK, BILL: RIDING WITH THE BLUE MOTH
HARUF, KENT: PLAINSONG
HAYNES, MELINDA: MOTHER OF PEARL
HEGI, URSULA: FLOATING IN MY MOTHER’S PALM

STONES FROM THE RIVER

HIASSEN, CARL. SKINNY DIP ( also many other humorous mysteries)

HILLENBRAND, LAURA: SEABISCUIT: AN AMERICAN LEGEND

UNBROKEN: A WORLD WAR II STORY OF

SURVIVAL
HIRSI ALI, AYAAN: INFIDEL (feminist critique of Islam)
HIS HOLINESS THE DALAI LAMA: THE ART OF HAPPINESS

AN OPEN HEART: PRACTICING COMPASSION IN EVERYDAY LIFE
HOSSEINI, KHALED: KITE RUNNER (we will read this novel in class, so do not choose it for book talk)

A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS


HURSTON, ZORA NEAL: THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD

JONAH’S GOURD VINE

DUST TRACKS ON A ROAD
IRVING, JOHN: A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY (we will read this novel in class, so do not choose it for book talk)

THE FOURTH HAND


JAMES, MARLON: THE BOOK OF NIGHT WOMEN (Jamaican novel)
JILES, PAULETTE: ENEMY WOMEN
JONES, EDWARD P.: THE KNOWN WORLD
JUNGER, SEBASTIAN: FIRE (by the author of The Perfect Storm)
KELLY, LINDA ARMSTRONG: NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH
KERSHAW, ALEX: THE BEDFORD BOYS
KIDD, SUE MONK: THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES

THE MERMAID CHAIR
KINCAID, JAMAICA: MY BROTHER
KING, STEPHEN: HEARTS IN ATLANTIS
KINGSOLVER, BARBARA: THE BEAN TREES

PIGS IN HEAVEN

ANIMAL DREAMS

THE POISONWOOD BIBLE
KINSELLA, SOPHIE: CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC

SHOPAHOLIC TAKES MANHATTAN

SHOPAHOLIC TIES THE KNOT
LAMB, WALLY: I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE

SHE’S COME UNDONE

THE HOUR I FIRST BELIEVED (Columbine shootings)
LARSSON, STIEG: THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE

THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNETS’ NEST


LEWIS, C.S.: ANY TITLE




LUTTRELL, MARCUS: LONE SURVIVOR (Operation redwing and the lost

heroes of Navy Seal Team 10)
MANNING, GREG: LOVE GREG AND LAUREN (SEPT. 11)
MARLEY, RITA: MY LIFE WITH BOB MARLEY
MATHABANE, MARK: KAFFIR BOY
MCCARTHY, CORMAC: ALL THE PRETTY HORSES

THE ROAD
MCCOURT, FRANK: ANGELA’S ASHES

TIS


MCCULLOUGH, COLLEEN: THE THORN BIRDS
MCCULLOUGH, DAVID: JOHN ADAMS
McDOUGALL, CHRISTOPHER: BORN TO RUN (running secrets of a tribe of the world’s fastest runners)
MOORE, LT. GEN. HAROLD AND JOSEPH L. GALLOWAY: WE WERE

SOLDIERS ONCE AND YOUNG
MORIARTY, LAURA: THE CENTER OF EVERYTHING
MORRISON, TONI: THE BLUEST EYE

BELOVED

TAR BABY

SULA
MOYERS, WILLIAM COPE: BROKEN (crack cocaine addiction)
MUNSON, NATASHA: LIFE LESSONS FOR MY BLACK GIRLS
NAFISI, AZAR: READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN
NESAULE, AGATE: A WOMAN IN AMBER
NIFFFENEGER, AUDREY: THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE

O’BRIEN, TIM: THE THINGS THEY CARRIED

IF I DIE IN A COMBAT ZONE, BOX ME UP AND SHIP ME HOME
OWEN, MARK: NO EASY DAY (Seal Team Six)

PACKER, ANN: THE DIVE FROM CLAUSEN’S PIER

SONGS WITHOUT WORDS

PARKER, JOHN L., JR.: ONCE A RUNNER (“the best novel ever written about

running ,” according to Runner’s World)

PAUSCH, RANDY: THE LAST LECTURE
PESSL, MARISHA: SPECIAL TOPICS IN CALAMITY PHYSICS

PICOULT, JODI: MY SISTER’S KEEPER (OR ANY TITLE)
PIPHER, MARY: REVIVING OPHELIA
PROULZ, ANNIE: SHIPPING NEWS

THAT OLD ACE IN THE HOLE
QUINDLEN, ANNA: BLESSINGS

ONE TRUE THING
RUIZ, DON MIGUEL: THE FOUR AGREEMENTS

ROBBINS, ALEXANDRA: PLEDGED: THE SECRET LIFE OF SORORITIES

RUSSO, RICHARD: EMPIRE FALLS
SCHLINK, BERNHARD: THE READER
SEBOLD, ALICE: LOVELY BONES

LUCKY
SHAARA, MICHAEL: THE KILLER ANGELS
SHANDLER, SARA: OPHELIA SPEAKS

SHEFF, DAVID: BEAUTIFUL BOY: A FATHER’S JOURNEY THROUGH HIS

SON’S METH ADDICTION
SHEFF, NIC: TWEAK: GROWING UP ON METHAMPHETAMINES
SHREVE, ANITA: SEA GLASS

THE LAST TIME THEY MET
SIDES, HAMPTON: GHOST SOLDIERS (W.W. I)
SITTENFELD, CURTIS: PREP

SMITH, ZADIE: WHITE TEETH


THE AUTOGRAPH MAN

SPARKS, NICHOLAS: THE NOTEBOOK (or any other)

THE WEDDING

THE GUARDIAN

A WALK TO REMEMBER

NIGHTS IN RODANTHE

THREE WEEKS WITH MY BROTHER

THE CHOICE

STOCKETT, KATHRYN: THE HELP (a young white woman and two black

maids in 1960s Mississippi
TAN, AMY: THE BONESETTER’S DAUGHTER
WALKER, ALICE: BY THE LIGHT OF MY FATHER’S SMILE

THE WAY FORWARD IS WITH A BROKEN HEART
WALLS, JEANNETTE: THE GLASS CASTLE

HALF BROKE HORSES

THE SILVER STAR
WELLS, REBECCA: DIVINE SECRETS OF THE YA-YA SISTERHOOD

LITTLE ALTARS EVERYWHERE
\WEINER, JENNIFER: CERTAIN GIRLS

IN HER SHOES
WHITE, TIMOTHY: CATCH A FIRE: THE LIFE OF BOB MARLEY
WOOLF, TOBIAS: THIS BOY’S LIFE
WROBLEWSKI, DAVID: THE STORY OF EDGAR SAWTELLE
ZAILCKAS, KOREN : SMASHED: THE STORY OF A DRUNKEN GIRLHOOD


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